Dsc_0147_mediumAs fans, it’s our right to cheer and criticize the professional athletes whose extravagant lifestyles we make possible. But all too often, we forget that many of these players are active in our communities with their charity work.

There are plenty of stories about our Nuggets being active in the Denver community, but you rarely get to see it first hand. My good friends at Pro Seasons Personal Management and Consulting recently put together a charity turkey drive with Nuggets stars Al Harrington and J.R. Smith.

For Thanksgiving this year, Al and J.R. will be working with the Saint Stephen Missionary Baptist Church in Denver's historic Five Points area to donate turkeys and gift baskets for homeless families and underprivileged children in the area.  During a meet-and-greet with the players and members of the church, I had the privilege of meeting Saint Stephen's Pastor, Reverend Randolph C. West, Jr. (pictured below) and several members of his congregation.  This was a treat for me and not just because I'm a Nuggets fan, but because I live and work in the Five Points area.  Saint Stephen's is an integral part of that neighborhood and is very active in the community around there.

I encourage Denver Stiffs readers to piggyback on Al and J.R. and think of ways you can contribute your time and/or money to help those in need on Thanksgiving tomorrow or at any point during the upcoming holiday season.

Have a great Thanksgiving and Go Nuggets!